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 Peak(s):  "Fancy Pk"  -  13,192 feet
 Post Date:  10/04/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/30/2012
 Posted By:  bergsteigen
 Additional Members:   lovskiing, B[3]

 A Fancy Peak for some Fancy Gurlz     


Fancy Peak


Mileage: 7.7
Elevation Gain: 3,109'
Trailhead: Fancy Pass/Lake

The weather forecast for Sunday looked horrid, but then again, so did Saturday's, and Saturday was beautiful. So not wanting to throw in the towel, Monica, Bethany and I looked at our options for 13ers. We could punt and go do Notch Mtn and maybe Pt 13,248, so we could bail if the weather got really bad, or go for something more interesting like Fancy Peak. Morning would tell what weather we would get, so off to bed we went!

In the morning I checked the radar, and the skies were not completely occluded, so we got ready and drove to the trailhead, about 18 miles away from our campsite. Not an early start, but no need to start in the dark today!

The trailhead is well marked and even has an outhouse. The trail starts off with some gentle switchbacks in the forrest that make it easy to forget that you are actually going uphill! The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. Though we did start to wonder when it would start climbing up to the pass.

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Icy stream crossing


As we got higher up, we started to get a view of the ridge lines around us, and the clouds looked ominous at times. We wondered when it would start raining/snowing on us. When we reached the lake, we took a short break for the views and for some food. The sun was teasing us at this point, we didn't think we could trust that it would stay.

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Hmmm will is snow/rain on us?

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I see blue sky!

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Hiking up the trail

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Looking back at Homestake Peak

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Approaching Fancy Lake

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Fancy Lake


After the break, we back tracked a little down the trail, to find the merge with the trail from Holy Cross City up to the pass. Here is where the trail went from nice forrest soil, to rocky. It was like being spoiled all morning!

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Looking down on Fancy Lake, as the sun starts to make more of an appearance

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Hiking up to Fancy Pass

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A look back down the drainage

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Bethany finds some Muscovite Mica, her favorite


When we got to the pass, we were treated to a view of the lesser hiked 12ers and 13ers in the Holy Cross Wilderness area. Quite a sight! From the pass we spotted a trail that switchbacked up the slope to the ridge on Fancy Peak, so we decided to take that, instead of the rocky ridge proper.

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Monica finds a view worth a photo or two

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Pano from Fancy Pass

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The ridge up to Fancy Peak

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Looking back as a 12er near the pass

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Hiking up to the ridge


Once up on the ridge, it was a short jaunt over to the summit. We even got some sun on the summit to warm ourselves with. Got some nice beta shots of the nearby 13ers for future use.

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Where we gained the ridge, looking back

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The last little jaunt up to the summit, along the ridge

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Pt 13,768 and Whitney Peak

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Savage Peak with a coat of white

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Summit Pano S-N

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3 Fancy Ladies!

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Some pointy 12ers in HCW

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Mt Massive and Elbert


Once we were done with the summit, the return trip went very quickly. The switchbacks were over before they began. At the trailhead some other groups were talking about a loop with Missouri Lakes trail (trailhead was a short distance away). Too bad I didn't know about that earlier, that could have been a nice loop!



My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
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  • Comments or Questions
B[3]


Great Trip!     2012-10-04 14:09:17
Thanks for posting a great trip report Otina! I had a good time hiking with you and Monica. Hopefully, I will be able to attend both days next year.



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